Remove the bluetooth icon in Vista

I recently installed my bluetooth usb dongle on my computer running Vista and I found an unwanted feature which was also present when I was using XP. The bluetooth icon that was installed on the desktop, after I installed my bluetooth driver software, was refusing to remove itself. Right clicking on it would only produce three options; Open, Explore and Create Shortcut. Last time (XP) I got around this problem by running a desktop clean up, that put all the icons I chose into a folder, which I then deleted. After a quick look I couldn’t find it on my computer so looked the problem on Google and after a few mins came across a great little solution vistax64.com from user POMAH.

All you have to do is fire up the registry editor and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

To do this just type “regedit” and hit enter in Vista’s search bar. Navigate to the above location and select each of the folders beneath (each of these represent all of your icons on your desktop) while looking at the left of the pannel for something that will look like the below image.

When you’ve found the folder delete it, go to your desktop and press F5 to refresh the screen and it should be gone. As always though when editing the regerstriy make a backup of the entry your editing/deleting incase anything goes wary. To make a backup just right click the folder and hit “Export”.

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